The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Colby-Stothart as the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. She will take the helm of the not-for-profit organization on July 1st, 2013.
Ms. Colby-Stothart’s career in the arts stretches over thirty years with major Canadian museums including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and over twenty years with the National Gallery of Canada where she most recently held the position of Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Outreach. Under her direction, the National Gallery of Canada presented programming of the very highest caliber to Canadians across the country and showcased Canada’s artists to the world.
Ms. Colby-Stothart holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours (1983) in Art History and a Masters degree in Art Conservation (1986), from Queen’s University in Kingston.
Founded in 1997, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation is a not-for-profit registered charity. Composed of a volunteer Board of Directors, its primary mission is to cultivate support in Canada and abroad, to raise capital, and to manage and grow an endowment for the benefit of the National Gallery. The Foundation benefits from the support of its Distinguished Patrons initiative launched in 2005. Through their financial support and donations of works of art, the Patrons which hail from all parts of Canada contribute to the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions. In 2009, the Foundation launched The American Friends of the National Gallery of Canada to facilitate the support of art patrons living in the United States.